This is a book review of the book, ‘My Life My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers’ by Sonia Golani.
An unconventional career is one that is not being chosen by people around us. It is the one that everyone advises us against taking up. And not without good reason, as the chances for success in such careers is startlingly less. Forget the chances of success, many such careers do not even monetize!
What inspires people to quit well paying jobs/careers and start a venture on their own (or) take up a job in a company/sector that is rarely opted for, is the subject that is dealt with in the book, ‘My Life My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers’. Continue reading
‘Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia’ is a non-fiction book written by S.Hussain Zaidi, a crime reporter in Mumbai who has worked with The Indian Express, etc. This book traces the history of the Mumbai mafia, approximately from the time we attained independence, and then traces the activities of the D-Company (headed by Dawood Ibrahim), in detail.
I guess crime reporting and writing a real-life story about a criminal syndicate should be quite difficult because a lot of research is involved and one needs to find a way to actually get all this information. The author has done that part exceedingly well and has presented the story as if he had surveillance cameras covering entire Mumbai, Dubai & Karachi! Being a reporter & following the subjects mentioned in the book for years, should have helped. Continue reading
How many of us are socially conscious citizens? You’ll be surprised – All of us! But how many of us actually do anything that could positively impact the lives of others? Well, the answer is very close to Zilch. But through this book I was glad to know that there are a fraction of people among us who are capable of creating a huge difference to our society and they just went ahead and did what they wanted to! Mostly, without any resources on hand!!
Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!!! People, I am glad to say that I have (at last) decided to self-publish an eBook in Amazon Before you think that I sent my manuscripts to hundreds of publishing houses and got selected by some big publisher, I must admit that self publishing an eBook is about writing a book, formatting it and publishing it through a single-click in our computers. That’s it. It’s so easy these days.
Actualy, I planned to write this book same time, last year. I wrote a couple of pages and then procrastinated on the rest until yesterday. I searched for that file, but was not even able to locate it!! Continue reading
“Saina comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds”
Yes, you read that right. Even odds can be ‘awesome’! These words are printed behind the cover page of the book, ‘Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational biography’ written by TS Sudhir. What does it take to become the World No. 2 badminton player and penetrate the seemingly impenetrable Chinese badminton-fortress, is the topic that is predominantly discussed in this book. Continue reading
“If India triumphs, so will we all. If India becomes a genuinely vibrant democracy, all Indians will be more empowered. If we are more ethical in our conduct, all of us will lead a happier life. If the threats to our security are dealt with more effectively, we will be safer. If the lot of our poorest improves, all of us will prosper”
The book ‘Chanakya’s New Manifesto: To resolve the crisis within India’ could have been titled, ‘Pavan K Varma’s New Manifesto: Measures to create a better India’. Of course, Pavan K Varma, is the author of this book and his reading of the current situation along with the suggested measures to improve it, can very much stand on its own without having to use Chanakya’s name for support. Continue reading
People, BEG BUY OR STEAL this book and read it ASAP. I don’t know if there can ever be another autobiography that is so open and so frank, like this one. Taslima Nasreen is a Bangladeshi author, who lives in exile now. That’s not because of this book, as this one is the least controversial of all her works!! It seems, this book has been translated by Nandini Guha. I guess this book was originally published in Bangla.
There are people like me, who struggle to recollect even small incidents from childhood. But looks like, this author’s brain is made of hard-disk (or better, SSD)! Second, I now realize how uninteresting and uneventful my life has been, after reading this book. I’ll have to admit that life in South India (for the majority) pales in comparison with the lively atmosphere of all those small towns (mentioned in this book) in Bangladesh!! Continue reading
Title: The day I stopped drinking milk (Life stories from here and there)
Author: Sudha Murty
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2012, Genre: Non-Fiction, Anthologies
We people living in cities may not be able to guess that a basic commodity like milk could be a luxury to many living in remote parts of our country. Sudha Murty, the author of this book was shocked to learn that during one of her visits, and decides to stop drinking milk thereon. That is the reason behind the title of this book. Continue reading
Do you remember this post – ’13 things I plan to avoid in 2013′? I wrote it for a contest in our CBC (Chennai Bloggers Club), and it won a prize! I got a voucher that could be used to buy something from Flipkart. I should thank the sponsor Cuponation for giving the prize so fast. The below list shows what I bought from Flipkart – 9 Non-Fiction books (Well, all except one – Chanakya’s Chant). Non-fiction is what I read these days. Continue reading
- Then Kizhakku Asia (South East Asia in Tamil) – Ram Velayudham and Ramalakshmi
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Veerapandiya Kattabomman
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – V O Chidambaram Pillai
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Shivaji
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Visveswaraiah
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Jaya Prakash Narayanan
- The Classical Age of The Tamils – Arokiaswami
- Tourism and Development in South and South East Asia – Manivasagan.
The last two books (7,8) is published by University of Madras (in English). The first six books is published by Palaniappa Brothers (in Tamil).
These are the books I bought at the Chennai book fair, 2013 held at Nandanam Island grounds (YMCA campus) As you might know, every year this *grand and huge* book fair is held for two weeks at Chennai, during the Pongal season. The book fair ends on Jan 23 (tomorrow) and I managed to go there one day before! Continue reading